Tea Tree is an evergreen tree native from Australia. It grows about 10 to 25 feet high and has green leaves and colorful flowers.
Our organic Tea Tree essential oil is steam distilled from the tree leaves. The genus Melaleuca is a member of the Myrtaceae family which has over 200 plant species, the vast majority of which are native to Australia. Tea Tree essential oil has strong antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
It was given its name in 1770 by Captain Cook and was originally brewed as a tea, hence its name. Australia’s Aborigenes used it for its medicinal purposes and boost their immune system. Tea Tree essential oil was part of Australian military first aid kit until the second half of the 20th century.
For the past 70 years many medical studies documented its ability to kill many strains of bacteria, viruses and fungi. Tea Tree is one of the most extensively researched of all the essential oils with healing properties that are fast-acting and highly-effective.
For Skin Infections
Tea Tree essential oil has nearly 100 compounds. Terpinen-4-ol and alpha terpineol, which are the major components, have powerful antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. Those properties make Tea Tree oil very efficient to treat skin infections.
Tea Tree oil’s antifungal properties gives it the ability to fight and/or prevent fungal infections such as candida, jock itch, athlete’s foot, toenail fungus and ringworm. It works best when combined with other antifungal essential oils such as monarda, geranium, rose and patchouli.
Tea tree essential oil also has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. It make it ideal for use on skin irritations and wounds. Tea Tree oil is gentle enough to be applied topically.
Because Tea Tree’s volatile hydrocarbons are capable of travelling through the air, through the skin’s pores and the mucus membranes, Tea Tree oil can be used aromatically and topically in killing germs, fighting infections and soothing skin conditions.
Tea Tree essential oil is good for treating acne, blisters, burns, insect bites, rashes, warts, cold sores, nail health, dandruff, eczema and psoriasis. It helps heal burns and wounds by encouraging cell regeneration.
Homemade Cosmetics and Cleaners
The amazing antiseptic and antibacterial properties of the Tea Tree essential oil make it efficient for homemade cosmetics and cleaners. It is great for skin health when mixed with oils rich in cineole and limonene to help with skin penetration.
Tea Tree oil can be added to household cleaners to increase purification of the home. Perhaps most importantly, it can be used in a diffuser to kill toxic mold spores in the air. It can also be used in spray cleaners wherever mold may be present in the home as well as laundry detergents.
Because of its antimicrobial properties, Tea Tree oil can kill household bacteria using 5-10 drops in water with white vinegar and 5-10 drops of lemon essential oil for kitchen countertops, stoves, refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, showers, shower curtains, sinks and toilets.
Tea Tree essential oil contains a good amount of monoterpenes. They help to stimulate the body by increasing the production of cortisol and balancing hormones levels. Also, Tea Tree essential oil stimulates the immune system by neutralizing all types of microbes. It encourages sweating, thereby helping the body’s system of eliminating and expelling waste and impurities.
Terpinen-4-ol’s antiviral and antibacterial properties of the Tea Tree help the body fight viruses and bacteria such as flu and colds. When used in a diffuser or as an inhalant, its antimicrobial qualities help with the respiratory system by expelling mucus.
Chemical composition of the Tea Tree essential oil
Tea Tree oil has nearly 100 compounds with terpinen-4-ol and terpineol as major components. It also contains monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes:
_ Alpha terpinene
_ Alpha pinene
The best way to use the Tea Tree essential oil is topically. For treating any skin conditions or infections by massage, add 5 to 10 drops to a carrier oil, such as coconut oil or almond oil.
For a diffusion use, add 3 to 5 drops in a diffuser.
Do not absorb this essential oil orally. It is toxic.
Tea Tree essential oil mixes very well with monarda, rose, citrus, grapefruit, rosemary, geranium and thyme essential oils.
Botanical Name: Melaleuca alternifolia
Common names: Tea Tree
Extraction method: Steam distillation
Country of origin: Australia
Botanical family: Myrtaceae
Plant part used: Leaves
Odor: Pungent, Clean, Fresh
Essential oils are concentrated and should be used with caution. Keep out of reach of children.
Avoid contact with the eyes.
Also, Tea Tree essential oil can be toxic if ingested. Do not ingest. Tea Tree essential oil should not be taken internally unless recommended and supervised by someone who is qualified.
Do not use if pregnant, nursing, elderly and for children under 7 years of age. If suffering from any medical condition, consult a healthcare practitioner before using.
Do feel free to ask for further information and applications.
DISCLAIMER: Essential oils are not meant to cure diseases and illnesses. They may ease some health problems and bring comfort. We suggest you consult a physician and do your own research for each essential oil that interests you.
To get more safety information, read our article about the risks of using essential oils.